The third conversation in our second series of What Now for the Theatre of the Oppressed conversations will be live on Cardboard Citizens’ Facebook and Youtube at 6pm BST / 5pm UTC on Wednesday 16 June 2021. 

Iman Aoun is an award winning Actor, director and dramaturg. In 1991 Iman co-founded ASHTAR for Theatre Productions and Training in Jerusalem, and has been instrumental in directing and devising several productions for the company. Ms Aoun produced and performed in ASHTAR’s Theatre – Richard II that toured to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as part of the Globe to Globe Festival 2012. She is a board member of The Palestinian Performing Arts Network and other Palestinian Art Organizations.

Edward Muallem co-founded ASHTAR Theatre with Iman Aoun, where he is currently the General Director, as well as an actor, director and drama trainer. Since 1994 he leads drama workshops with children and youth, and since 2004 he leads several workshops in the Forum Theatre technique locally and regionally, and he is the director of the biennial International Theatre of the Oppressed Festival organized by ASHTAR Theatre in Palestine. 

What Now For the Theatre of the Oppressed? Conversations with TO Practitioners will welcome leading global practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed – Augusto Boal’s methods for combining theatre and activism – and ask them the place each practitioner sees their work and the methodology occupying in the future.

The conversations will be hosted by Adrian Jackson , Cardboard Citizens’ Artistic Director and translator of Augusto Boal’s work into English.  The practitioners come from all over the globe – including Colombia, Mozambique, Guatemala and Jerusalem – offering us fascinating insights into theatre’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

For theatre practitioners, students, and those interested in using the arts for social change, these conversations will open new, exciting and vital connections between the performing arts and a recovering world. 


The series will continue at 6pm BST / 5pm UTC fortnightly on Wednesdays. Watch our social media for more information about upcoming conversations, and subscribe to YouTube or Facebook to hear when we go live.

Dates and Times

Wednesday 16 June 2021